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Virginia safety Chris Moore enters transfer portal

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The transfer portal has claimed another name.

As first noted by ESPN’s Adam Rittenberg, Virginia safety Chris Moore has entered his name into the database as he explores a move out of Charlottesville.

Moore started five of his nine appearances for the Cavaliers in 2019 and wound up recording 42 tackles. While he was in line to become one of the key members in the secondary going forward, a prior  suspension for violating team rules back in November may have wound up playing a role in his departure and standing with the team.

The safety had previously missed all of the 2018 season with an injury as well.

Moore was originally a three-star recruit out of Ashburn, Va. in 2016 and, assuming the redshirt senior has a degree, likely has a season remaining as a grad transfer.

East Carolina assistant Jeff Hanson calls it a career after 46 years

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Jeff Hanson, you’ve earned the right to sit this one out in perpetuity.

East Carolina on Wednesday announced that Jeff Hanson has decided to retire after more than four decades in the coaching profession.  The 70-year-old Hanson just completed his first season as ECU’s defensive line coach, which also served as his 46th season as a football coach.

Prior to the Pirates, Hanson was on current ECU had coach Mike Houston‘s James Madison coaching staff for three seasons.

“Jeff is not only highly-regarded in our business, he’s also incredibly well-respected which I believe speaks volumes of who he is as a person,” Houston said in a statement. “He is a great coach and communicator who positively impacted and helped develop countless of young men during his career and he will be missed. Having the opportunity to work with him over the last four years has been a privilege and I certainly wish Jeff and DeDe all the best in their retirement.”

From 2010-12, Hanson was an assistant on Mike London‘s coaching staff at Virginia.  Hanson had followed London to Charlottesville after two seasons at Richmond.

Bill Musgrave takes over as OC/QBs coach at Cal

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The college hiring season is in full swing, with Bill Musgrave now in officially in place at Cal.

Last month, Beau Baldwin left Cal after three seasons to take the head job at FCS Cal Poly.  A month later, it’s been confirmed by the program that Bill Musgrave has been hired by Justin Wilcox as the new offensive coordinator at Cal.

Musgraves will also be responsible for the Golden Bears’ quarterbacks.

“Bill Musgrave has a brilliant offensive mind and is one of top teachers of offensive football and quarterbacks,” Wilcox said in a statement. “Bill has incredible football knowledge and has been extremely versatile in the offensive systems he has run throughout his career, which is important. He also has a strong desire to coach again at the collegiate level, where he can help develop young football players at a formative stage of their careers. His competitiveness and humility stood out during the hiring process. Everyone that I talked to about Bill that I know and trust had tremendous things to say. He will be a great fit at Cal.”

Musgrave, who played his college football at Oregon, has spent the vast majority of his 20-year-plus coaching career in the NFL.  His last job at the collegiate level?  as the coordinator/quarterbacks/tight ends coach at Virginia in 2001-02.  In fact, that is Musgrave’s only coaching job in college football.

Musgrave has served as the coordinator at five different NFL stops — Denver (2018), Oakland (2015-16), Minnesota (2011-13), Jacksonville (2003-04) and Carolina (2000).

This past season, Musgrave was on the sidelines at both levels of football.

“I am thrilled to join a Cal program that has exciting days ahead,” Musgrave said. “I want to continue building upon what has already been started, which on the offensive side of the ball is a young group that showed tremendous progress last season and was playing its best football at the end of the year. Coach Wilcox and his staff have done a tremendous job of creating an outstanding culture and environment that is focused on teaching football, and one of the most enjoyable and satisfying parts of this job is to be able to play a key role in the development of young players. There is a tremendous opportunity to do that right now at Cal, and I can’t wait to get started.”

Baldwin joined Wilcox in Berkeley in January of 2017 as the Golden Bears’ offensive coordinator and running backs coach, while also carrying the title of assistant head coach.  In January of last year, he moved from running backs to quarterbacks as Wilcox looked to shake up the worst offense in the Pac-12.

The shuffling didn’t help much as the Bears were again dead-last in the conference in scoring at 21.2 points per game (they were at 21.5 ppg a year ago).  Their yards per game dipped from 344 a year ago to 328.5 in 2019.  They are last in the league in that category as well.

College Football Bowl Preview: Your Dec. 31 Viewer’s Guide

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Your trusty and semi-daily college football bowl preview that today takes a quick-hit look at the Dec. 31 bowl menu, one that features two teams each from the ACC, Big 12 and Pac-12.

WHO: Virginia Tech (8-4) vs. Kentucky (7-5)
WHAT: The 18th Belk Bowl
WHERE: Bank of America Stadium, Charlotte, North Carolina
WHEN: Noon ET on ESPN
THE LINE: Kentucky, +3
For the remainder of an extended preview, click HERE.

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WHO: Florida State (6-6) vs. Arizona State (7-5)
WHAT: The 82nd Tony the Tiger Sun Bowl
WHERE: Sun Bowl Stadium, El Paso, Texas
WHEN: 2 p.m. ET on CBS
THE LINE: Florida State, +4½
For the remainder of an extended preview, click HERE.

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WHO: Navy (10-2) vs. Kansas State (8-4)
WHAT: The 61st AutoZone Liberty Bowl
WHERE: Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium, Memphis, Tennessee
WHEN: 3:45 p.m. ET on ESPN
THE LINE: Kansas State, +2½
For the remainder of an extended preview, click HERE.

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WHO: Wyoming (7-5) vs. Georgia State (7-5)
WHAT: The 5th NOVA Home Loans Arizona Bowl
WHERE: Arizona Stadium, Tucson, Arizona
WHEN: 4:30 p.m. ET on CBS Sports Network
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THE SKINNY: A member of the Mountain West Conference has won three of the first four playings of this bowl, with the lone loss coming in overtime. … As 26-point underdogs, Georgia State began the 2019 season with a stunning win over Tennessee in Knoxville. That same weekend, Wyoming upset UT’s SEC East compatriots, Missouri. … Both teams enter the postseason, though, having lost three of their last four games. … Four of the Cowboys’ five losses this season have come by five or fewer points.  Four of the Eagles’ five losses this season have come by 14 or more points. … If the passing game is your thing, look elsewhere.  Georgia State is 93rd nationally in passing at 201.8 yards per game.  That’s a veritable aerial circus compared to Wyoming, which is 125th (out of 130 schools) at 128 ypg. … The two teams have combined for 29 passes touchdowns; an even dozen individual quarterbacks have thrown for more scores than that this season. … The Eagles average 245.2 yards rushing per game, while the Cowboys give up less than a hundred per contest.  Their 99.4 yards per game is sixth-fewest in the country. … NOVA Home Loans Arizona Bowl fun fact: The past two games have gone into overtime, while the first was decided by just five points.  We won’t mention Air Force’s 24-point drubbing of South Alabama in 2016.
THE LINE: Georgia State, +7
THE PREDICTION: Wyoming 14, Georgia State 13

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WHO: Utah (11-2) vs. Texas (7-5)
WHAT: The 27th Valero Alamo Bowl
WHERE: Alamodome, San Antonio, Texas
WHEN: 7:30 p.m. ET on ESPN
THE LINE: Texas, +7
For the remainder of an extended preview, click HERE.

Lamical Perine runs over No. 24 Virginia as No. 9 Florida caps off 2019 with Orange Bowl win

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Lamical Perine heard throughout 2019 just how lackluster No. 9 Florida’s run game has been this season.

Perhaps the senior tailback just wanted to make up for lost time or just end things on a high note by showcasing what the team was truly capable of but he saved his best for last by running wild on ACC runner-up No. 24 Virginia on Monday night as the Gators notched a convincing 36-28 win in the Capital One Orange Bowl.

Perine, who had passed the century mark on the ground just once all year for the 119th ranked rushing attack in FBS, was all over the field from the get-go. He raced 61 yards to the end zone on the third snap of the game and finished with 138 and another score on the ground. He also proved he was quite the all-around back in his final appearance in a UF uniform by hauling in five catches for 43 yards and another touchdown as well. He could have added to those totals too had he not stepped out just before the goal line on a long run in the second half, allowing QB Kyle Trask to vulture a score from him late.

Speaking of Trask, he overcame a first half interception to wind up with 305 yards and a touchdown through the air, showcasing why lots of folks will be high on Dan Mullen’s team going into 2020 with him back under center and a host of playmakers returning in Gainesville. That includes on the defensive side of the ball as freshman Kaiir Elam pulled in a red zone interception in the fourth quarter that pretty much sealed the outcome.

The Cavaliers fought to the very end though, hanging around most of the game despite the wide gap in terms of where each program is at the moment. Bryce Perkins was pretty much a one-man show at quarterback as he has been all year, throwing for 323 yards and a career-high four touchdowns (plus the pick) while also being the leading rusher on 14 carries and 24 yards.

Still, even in the loss the program has to hold their heads up high as Bronco Mendenhall’s team has accomplished a lot in this remarkable turnaround campaign. They won the ACC Coastal, beat rival Virginia Tech for the first time in 15 years and made a New Year’s Six Bowl. The ending wasn’t quite what they had in mind but the bigger picture is still quite bright for UVA on the gridiron.

Things might be even brighter for the Gators though. They may well wind up in the top five of the polls given how competitive they were each week on their way to 11 wins and back-to-back New Year’s Six Bowl wins under Mullen. It took a breakout performance from a senior to get that final ‘W’ but it was certainly well worth it to cap off a heck of a 2019 in the Sunshine State.